(40 verses, 3:40 to read)
What I am about to READ
The tracing of the fathers of Saul from Benjamin through Saul’s children.
MARK and LEARN
In this chapter the Chronicler traces the lineage of Saul back to the first head of his tribe, Benjamin. Although the Chronicler gives account for the tribe of Benjamin already in chapter 7 as he does for all tribes of Israel, he pays special attention here to the direct lineage of Saul, who was to be Israel’s first king and the predecessor of King David.
The genealogy of the Benjaminites is mentioned in other places in the Scriptures e.g. Numbers 26:38-40, 1 Samuel 9:1-2, and others. While this accounting here in 1 Chronicles 8 differs slightly from the lists found in Numbers and 1 Samuel, some of those differences are reconciled in how the names are spelled. For instance one of Saul’s sons is listed in this chapter as “Eshbaal” but in 1 Sam.9:39 he is listed as “Ishvi” where the pagan Baal from the end of his name was removed. But it should be remembered as one compares the lists and genealogies in the Scriptures that this chapter is meant to serves as a sort of thumb-nail sketch of Saul’s genealogy and not as an exhaustive account.
The Chronicler traces the lineage from Benjamin through Saul to Saul’s sons. Though Saul would do what was evil in the sight of the Lord and fall from favor, many of his descendants would help David’s tribe, Judah restore the kingdom during the time of Jeroboam as accounted in 1 Kings.
Lord God, you called the tribe of Benjamin to special purposes during the time of your ancient people. Give to all the families of the earth your blessing in the person of your dear Son Jesus, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God now and forever. Amen.